Live at Sun Studio

by The Side Dish

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The Side Dish's debut album was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Rather than standard studio recording of overdubbing tracks one at a time, everything was recorded live to capture the feel of the room and the energy of the performances.

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released March 11, 2017

The Side Dish is:

David Johnson - Vocals, Guitar
Alex Cristofaro - Guitar
Chris Boesen - Bass
John Woeckener- Drums, Percussion
Carson Wahl - Rhodes Electric Piano, Trumpet, Percussion

Recorded at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis Tennessee on July 14 &15, 2016.

Engineered and recorded by Curry Weber
Produced by Chris Boesen and David Johnson

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The Side Dish Washington, D.C.

The Side Dish is a rock band with a slightly southern classic rock vibe.

Their debut album was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Rather than standard studio recording of overdubbing tracks, everything was recorded live to capture the feel of the room.

The Side Dish is based in Washington DC.
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Track Name: Blanche
How does it feel to be real on the south side of Elysian Fields?
Caught up in dream it would seem like just another one of her deals.

She acts so fine all the time
Like a southern belle that's never been rung
Sister Stella now watch your fella
Her fantasy is coming undone

She ain't looking for no Prince Charming
Or someone disarming like you
She don't need herself no kind of manly
But a substitute Stanley for a minute or two

She says, I get by, I rely on the kindness of strangers
I get by, I rely on the kindness of strangers.

Don't bet the farm on her charm
It's a sad, sad tale to be spun
Teacher won't you tell me a love story
Have a little drink and think up one

She ain't looking for no Prince Charming
Or someone disarming like you
She don't need herself no kind of manly
But a substitute Stanley for a minute or two

She says, I get by, I rely on the kindness of strangers
I always try, I rely on the kindness of strangers.
Track Name: Knoxville
I was twenty miles from Knoxville
when the fog came rolling in.
I was twenty miles from nowhere,
lost and wondering how it all fits in.
And I'm rolling on to Memphis
and I can't find my way again.

There's a time long ago
When it all seemed to be so clear
All the dreams, all the schemes
Shadow boxing fear
Rolling on to Memphis
And the end is getting near.

I sing roll baby roll all night long
In every roadhouse dive and juke joint that happens along
It's the hand I was dealt
Thought It would be someone else
And Im rolling into Memphis
On the run from myself

At a truck stop near Nashville
I found myself singing the blues
Down on my luck, just this old pickup truck
It's the same old song that I chose
I'm just trying to get to Memphis
And I ain't got nothing to lose
Track Name: Rosita
Oh Rosita, my Spanish señorita
I still smell the flowers in your hair
While you said you loved me so
All along I knew you'd go
Oh Rosita, my darling how could you dare

It was just one of those nights
Hot and sultry, full moonlight
And the waves breaking lazy on the beach

I was lost and all alone
Cast adrift and far from home
And the bottle was never out of reach

All at once I felt the breeze
Heard the rustling of the leaves
I looked up and I saw you standing there

Your dark eyes met with mine
And I lost all sense of time
Nothing mattered I no longer seemed to care

We danced all through the night
We held each other tight
Making promises like castles in the sand

For I knew it wasn't long
That I'd hear the final song
But you held my heart in the palm of your hand

Oh Rosita, mi Bonita señorita
I still smell the flowers in your hair
While you said you loved me so
All along I knew you'd go
Oh Rosita, my darling how could you dare
Track Name: Sex Sells Magazines
Johnny come lately
He comes around most every night
Got a little girl down in Nashville
You know he doesn’t treat her right

He sings that sex sells magazines
And you’re the sweetest thing baby I’ve ever seen
And baby I know everything will be alright
If I can make it through the night

Sally sings sweetly
She’s got a sweet song street siren
She’s singing about true love in other tongues
I don’t think she knows
Just exactly what she means

She says my love’s like a heart attack
I see you go and I always take you back
But baby I know everything will be alright
If I can make it through tonight

She says, I get by
Singing that same old cliche sad lullaby
goes something like

I’m falling in and out of love just about most every day
It’s funny how when we’re apart, baby, those little things
Just up and seem to slip away
Don’t know why i love you so
Don’t know why you’ve always got to go
but baby I know everything will be alright
If I can make it through tonight.

Johnny come nightly
Cause he’s got nowhere else to go
Once upon a time down in Neverland he had a girl
But he never knew that he loved her so
It’s kind of hard to hold on to your dreams
with a three chord symphony
and a pair of faded jeans
and baby I know everything will be alright
If I can make it through tonight

She says, I get by
Singing that same old cliche sad lullaby
goes something like

I’m falling in and out of love just about most every day
It’s funny how when we’re apart, baby, those little things
Just up and seem to slip away
Don’t know why i love you so
Don’t know why you’ve always got to go
but baby I know everything will be alright
If I can make it through tonight.
Track Name: She Goes
She keeps her flowers in the bell of a saxophone
Coffee cups and candlelight, she hates to be alone
Like silent music how she watches colors bloom
A golden vase in a place that never plays a tune
And she goes...

She keeps her past in the corner like a cast off pair of jeans
Wrapped up in riddles things are never what they seem
Crumpled up cast aside
Another dream got lost inside
And she goes…
She goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on
She goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on.
And when she stops…

She sees herself in the picture, a matinee movie queen
Silver shadows, silky dancing on the screen
She sighs and she cries and she yearns and she turns to laugh at me
Just another joke between rings of smoke and you just can't see
And she goes...

She makes her memories to the tick of a taxi dance
A thousand different mysteries her histories just one more chance
She spins and she turns and her tears sting and burn
Her world goes around she gets high she gets down
And she goes...
She goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on
She goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on.
And when she stops…
…no one knows…
Track Name: Tie Dyed
she's got a certain something caught up in her smile
she cries a bluer tear than the greenest crocodile
a bluer blue than the august sky
and she's got
cheshire secrets deep within her eyes

and purple pinwheels sometimes bring me down
i've got a million colors spinning round and round
orange at sunset
yellow sand caught in my toes
she brings me
kisses scarlet redder than the rose

Up in the morning and we walk down to the shore
she pulls the beads aside and cruises through the door
she says, boy, can't you see the gate's open wide
come on over to the other side

she says, take me into your fold
everybody needs a hand to hold

and purple pinwheels sometimes bring me down
i've got a million colors spinning round and round
orange at sunset
yellow sand caught in my toes
she brings me
kisses scarlet redder than the rose
Track Name: Wasteland
Do you ever wonder
why it always ends the same
There's no tears left to cry
No one ever wins this game

And here we stand
Our hearts in hand
Broken and alone
In this wasteland
We used to call home

do you ever stop and wonder
when it all just fell apart?
do you still recall a time
there was space inside our hearts

now its a wasteland
where we now stand
we're all alone
in this wasteland
we used to call home

Do you ever ask yourself
When we didn't even care
When we took all we could take
When we weren't even there

Cause nothing's left
In this empty nest
We're on our own
In this wasteland
We used to call home

Bitter seeds we planted grew
Til there was nothing left to do
Nothing left 'tween me and you

When you look around this place
And it's just an empty space
Didn't even leave a trace

Do you ever wonder
How we ended up this way
Something inside broke
There's nothing more to say

heading down the road
don't even know
Just slipped through our hands
And leave this wasteland
we used to call home

It's just a wasteland
We used to call home